Top Parks for Your Special Event
How would you like your own private knoll overlooking a lake for your next family reunion? Or have a completely unique and inspiring location to host a corporate retreat or a breath-taking setting for your wedding. If you’re planning a reunion, corporate retreat or wedding, Idaho State Parks have wonderful opportunities for friends, families and organizations to come together to celebrate, learn and love.
Most Idaho State Parks can accommodate group activities of 25 to 100 people. The following parks have special accommodations for groups.
For specific information about planning your special gathering in an Idaho State Park, please contact the park directly.
Ponderosa State Park – weddings, receptions, group cabins
Old Mission State Park – weddings, receptions
Harriman State Park – weddings, dormitories, cooking facilities, conference room
Dworshak State Park – group cabins, lodge, cooking facilities
Farragut State Park – special areas for any-size groups; group camping
Priest Lake State Park – group cabins
Castle Rocks State Park – weddings, receptions, shelter, lodge and bunkhouse
Bruneau Dunes State Park – Eagle Cove Campground
Farragut State Park – Camp Waldron (all loops)
Hells Gate State Park – Campground Loop B
Heyburn State Park – Hawleys Landing and Chatcolet Campgrounds
Lake Cascade State Park – Overlook loop in Sugarloaf Campground, group yurts, RV spaces
Priest Lake State Park- sites 1 through 30 in the White Pine Campground
Ponderosa – RV Group Campground
Three Island State Park – Must use the lower loop (Trailside Campground)
Frequently Asked Questions about Group Events
Q. If I have a group that requires fewer than 7 campsites and/or individual facilities, how do I make a reservation?
A. Make your reservations through the Idaho State Parks Call Center (888) 922-6743. Note that full payment by credit card at the time of booking or payment by check within 14 days will be required for Call Center reservations. In every instance, the name, address, and phone number of each occupant will be required at the time of booking a reservation for fewer than 7 individual campsites or facilities.
Q. Do I need to have a group leader to reserve blocks of 7 or more campsites and/or individual camping facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.)?
A. Yes, group leaders are responsible for making the reservation, coordinating all of the details of what is needed and when, and disseminating all information relating to your reservation to the rest of the group members.
Q. I am a group leader and I need 7 or more campsites and/or individual facilities (camping cabins, yurts, etc.). What information do I need to have before I contact the Call Center?
A. You need to have the following information:
- Preferred park for your group camping event (1st choice/2nd choice)
- Arrival and departure dates
- Number of people in your group
- Number of campsites or individual facilities needed
- Need to reserve group-use areas such as playing fields, shelters, amphitheaters, bonfire pits, etc.
- Payment information (Note: if paying at the time of booking, credit card number. If not, check(s) or individual credit card paymentss must be made within 14 days of making your group reservation. Unpaid reservations will be cancelled after 14 days)
Q. I’m ready to make my reservation, what is my next step?
A. Call the Call Center at 1 (888) 922-6743. Confirm that you wish to make a “group reservation”. Take care to identify the name of your group (your group members will need to refer to this name when speaking with Call Center agents or park staff about your reservation).
Q. Once I have reserved a block of campsites or individual facilities, how do I make sure that everyone in my group knows where they will be staying?
A. The group may choose to leave the entire reservation (all individual campsites and facilities) under the name of the group leader, or they may choose to have each individual member of the group contact the Call Center to obtain individual campsite and facility assignments within the block already reserved by the group leader, and make individual payments.
- First Option – If the reservation is to be managed under the group leaderís name, the group leader is responsible to ensure that all payments for all campsites and facilities reserved are made within the timeframes required. Individual discounts (RV Sticker Holders, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) cannot be honored at the time of reservation, but may be applied upon check-in.
- Second Option – Each member of the group must contact the Call Center individually to obtain a campsite or facility assignment and make payment. Individual discounts (RV Holder, Disabled Idaho Veteran, etc.) will be honored in this case.
Q. When members of my group call the Call Center to make arrangements, what information will they need to provide?
A. When you or any member of your group contacts the Call Center to secure an individual site assignment and make payment, it is important that they provide the following information:
- Group reservation number
- Group name or group leader’s name and phone number
- Arrival and departure dates
- Preferred site (contingent upon availability).
- The camper’s name, phone number, and full mailing address
- Note: Payment must be provided at the time a site assignment is made
All information and full payment for each individual campsite or facility comprising the group reservation are due within 14 days of when the original group reservation was made. Unpaid portions of the reservation will be automatically cancelled.